Stress-busting tips for your driving test
When it comes to the most nerve-wracking exams, driving tests are definitely up there. You might be really confident on the road, but when the big day arrives, you may be more nervous than you thought you'd be.
It's completely normal to feel a little apprehensive. But if your nerves turn to stress, that's when you're more likely to make silly slip-ups on the road. So, we're going to share some of our top tips for keeping your cool during your driving test. But first, let's take a look at the top three reasons why people fail.
1. Observation at junctions
Lack of observation at junctions tops the list of test failures. So, what does 'good observation' look like? Well, it involves things such as:
2. Using mirrors to change direction
Mirror, signal, manoeuvre… you know the drill. But still, many learners fail because the examiner feels they haven't quite mastered this routine. You'll get a major fault if you don't consult your mirrors before turning left or right, changing lanes or when overtaking.
3. Steering control
The examiner needs to feel comfortable with you behind the wheel, and confident you're in control. A big no-no, for example, would be hitting the curb when going into a sharp corner, because you've steered too late or early.
Top ways to combat stress
Here are a few, final pointers for keeping stress levels to a minimum on the day.
The pass rate for 2016/17 was just under half (47.1%), so our final tip would be not to beat yourself up if things don't work out this time round. You can always re-sit the test, and when you do, you'll have even more driving experience behind you.
That said, if you're confident in your own driving ability, and follow these tips to manage stress, you stand a great chance of becoming a fully-qualified driver. Good luck!